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California Republican Rep. Gary Miller has earned a reputation as an immigration hardliner, but when confronted by a group of young immigrants Friday at a public event in Rancho Cucamonga (which had a $12 entry fee), Miller told them he understands their plight because he, too, is an immigrant, of sorts, moving with his family from Arkansas to California as a young child.
Can Miller be deported back to Arkansas?
Does California bar benefits for people from Arkansas?
Is he forbidden from visiting Arkansas, lest he not be allowed back into California?
Does he get pulled over and asked for papers for looking like he's from Arkansas?
Is he or his children blocked from going to college or joining the military because his parents were from Arkansas?
Does California have an entire political party dedicated to making life miserable for people from Arkansas?
Is his ability to emerge from the shadows in California dependent on whether assholess like Rep. Gary Miller decide to be a little less assholish for at least one vote?
No? Then he should shut the fuck up. Even I, having lived a bona fide immigrant experience, have no clue what it must be like for our undocumented. But Miller moved once, so he totally feels them even though he votes consistently against them? Jackass.
On the plus side, Miller is a political fluke, the beneficiary of California's new (and ridiculous) jungle primary in which all candidates, from all parties, run together in a primary, with the top two going into the general. Too many Democrats split the vote in this 17-point Obama district, and Miller squeaked through. He's the lowest of low-hanging fruit for Democrats. He won't be around much longer.
Lucky for him, he can always go back to his motherland, Arkansas.
Originally posted to kos on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM PDT.